We spent the first part of October in recovery mode. We got back from our Scotland trip on the 30th of September, and didn’t get back to our house until way later than we’d hoped. (Who knew LAX would be so icky on a Sunday at like 6pm?) It took a good week and a half to fully adjust to a normal schedule, in which we weren’t waking up at 3:30am. (Those days did make for very productive days, though.) It took about the same for me to get over the last flight and start planning out the next trip. Although the flight wasn’t a bad flight, for someone who is a super anxious flyer, it takes a toll. We’ve tossed out a few ideas for our next trip — Iceland, Germany, maybe Ireland. We’ll see!
As a semi-related side note, both Jeff and I applied for Global Entry. We saw the kiosks while we were at LAX, and they had similar ones at Heathrow. After a little reading, we decided we’d go ahead & give it a go if it would make our travel lives easier. We’re awaiting our appointments to see what happens, so I’ll keep you posted on that!
We’ve also been getting back into the swing of things with the gym. I had these fabulous ideas about making sure we got our workout in while we were on our trip. While my Garmin definitely told me that I made my step goals, we never did hit the gym. Whoops! We had a few opportunities, but when it came down to it…we were on vacation. I enjoyed the short break, but was really happy to get back to the gym…it’s just really done a number on me, paired with the jet lag!
So what cool stuff has been going on here?
Well, we got to see the SpaceX launch from our house. For a Florida girl that grew up with Kennedy Space Center in her backyard, it’s ALWAYS a treat to see a launch, but really unusual whenever you’re on the west coast! The launch took place at Vandenberg AFB, some 200 miles from where we live…and yet, we were able to see the launch. It just so happened that this was the first time that they landed the Falcon 9 on the west coast, and it was really neat to see. (As a random note, I happened to be in town in Cocoa whenever SpaceX had their first successful landing, too!) Although we didn’t have any sonic booms, I’m pretty jazzed about having seen the launch — the pics are neat, too!
And, related to space, we stepped out one night to see if we could see the Space Station as it passed by… There’s something to be said for the nearly cloudless SoCal skies, I suppose.
The weather’s been interesting here — it’s starting to cool off a bit. We had an evening of thunderstorms, which is unheard of here… And we had our first bout with the Santa Ana winds of the season, as well. SoCal Edison decided it would cut power to a few areas to mitigate the fire risk. We weren’t a part of that, but Aut’s school definitely experienced an unplanned outage — she got out of school about an hour early because of it.
Managed to brick my iPhone X — while I was sleeping. Yep, that’s right. Woke up around 4:30 one morning, checked the time on my phone, and decided to go back to sleep for a little while. By the time it was 5:30 and I was ready to get up, my phone was dunzo. It was warm, like it was working, but the screen refused to come on. Long story short, the Verizon guy said it’s the first bricked X he’s ever seen. After a little back & forth over my phone insurance with Verizon phone support, they sent out my replacement. All is good now, but interestingly enough, my dad’s iPhone 7 had the same issue a few weeks later when he was visiting. Maybe it’s just us??
There have been a few fun Halloween happenings around here — Autumn was the Tin Man for Halloween, and participated in a few trick-or-treat type things around town leading up to Halloween. Now that Halloween is over, pumpkins have been carved, and all roasted pumpkin seeds have been consumed…we’re looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’re nearly done with our Christmas shopping, and are really excited for our first California Christmas — this is the first year we aren’t traveling to the east coast. While we’re a little bummed to miss our extended families, we’re pretty jazzed to spend time (online) shopping for real presents this year, rather than gift cards which are easier to travel with.
You might notice — not entirely font related — that I’ve removed the option for SVGs and cute apparel in my shop. After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided that although I love lettering files for this stuff, I’d much rather focus on font design as it relates to my website. It’s really where it’s at for me, and what makes me happiest…so to have a single focus, as it relates to this creative venture + lettering, it feels like it’s the right thing. Fonts, and blogging. Yes, please! I’ll be keeping the SVGs over on my Etsy shop for any interested parties 🙂
As the new year is rapidly approaching, I have a TON of font plans for the new year. The break from programming has been much needed — it’s been nice to assess where I’m headed and where I want to go. It’s also been a bit of a necessary thing, given that we had to do some serious planning and admin stuff with Autumn Lane.
My dad came out for the last week of October, so we spent some time hanging out and drinking more beer. We hit Ballast Point in Long Beach again, since the Disney Ballast Point isn’t quite open yet. Unfortunately, as you can tell from the pic below he didn’t enjoy himself at all.
We also went to a new place — The Good Beer Co. — where they have a ton of sours on the menu. We all got tasters, since they all sounded too delicious to choose from. My personal favorite was the Cudabera. I love a good sour beer, and this place was on point. Excited to go back!
After our Scotland trip, and a little time away from work (not nearly enough, haha), I had a little bit of clarity on how I wanted to continue proceeding with my website. I’d been wrestling with how I wanted things to take shape, even considering a totally new site for all things travel and Bucket List-related because I was having a difficult time bringing fonts + Bucket List things together. At the end of the day, all it took was a little website reorganization, and also taking a little time to realize that this website…while I do sell fonts here…is most definitely my creation and my little corner of the ‘net. Everything I do — fonts included — are really heavily inspired and influenced by my travels & experiences, so even if it doesn’t make sense on the surface…getting into it a little bit, it’ll make total sense. And also, I don’t have to follow the “rules” all the time.
And, related to Bucket Lists, I think I have Autumn started on hers! She’s at least coming up with ideas, which I’m really excited about. I’m more excited about helping her accomplish some of the things on her list. We were able to check off one of them — she’s been after me for some time to put together a Chopped-style basket for her to cook with! In short, if you aren’t familiar with Chopped, it’s a show on the Food Network where the contestants get random ingredients in a basket and are forced to cook with all of them. I gave her some leftover kielbasa, lingonberry jam, cotija cheese, and crunchy French onions. So, she cooked up some corn tortillas (quite nicely, too!), breaded the kielbasa in French onions, and made a relish of sorts from the jam + cheese. She said it looked a little bit like Halloween nachos, but it was pretty good…however odd the combo sounds. I promised to try whatever she made, but wouldn’t promise to finish it just in case it was gross. I would have eaten more than a few bites of this one, except for the fact that she finished it herself! I guess she liked her creation!
Now that October has passed, and we’re heading into November, here’s hoping y’all finish the year out strong in these final months!
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